Visit our Award Winning Restaurant in Townsend TN
Steeped in tradition and enhanced with contemporary flavor profiles, the component combinations of Chef Shelley Cooper are an Appalachian tour-de-force. True to the farm-to-table experience, the Appalachian Bistro uses fresh produce grown on-site, and sources the highest quality local ingredients, to create renowned dishes that are as inviting to the eye as they are to the palate.
Our Townsend TN restaurant offers a refined assortment of regionally inspired dishes — all served amongst the rustic surroundings of the Smoky Mountains. Enjoy a cocktail or beer on our patio amidst the calming wooded vistas. Warm up by the fire pit while making s’mores. Take in the breathtaking nature that surrounds, on the Peaceful Side of the Smokies.
Concerned about COVID-19? We are too. That’s why we will maintain a table distance of 6 feet and follow the CDC guidelines to the letter. Your health and safety is as important to us as the quality of our Appalachian Cuisine!
Dancing Bear Appalachian Bistro named one of America’s ’25 Most Romantic Restaurants’ by TripAdvisor
A Celebration of Appalachian Cuisine
Award Winning Menu & Weekly Specials
Our award-winning chef, Shelley Cooper creates a new and unique offering each week. Enjoy discounted select bottles of wine every Wednesday.
Dancing Bear Appalachian Bistro is under the direction of Shelley Cooper. Born in Memphis, TN, Chef Shelley was surrounded by family who focused on providing a bounty of farm-fresh Southern cuisine at every meal. She credits her Southern culinary roots to the combination of her family, hailing from both the Mississippi Delta & the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina.
Full Service Bar in Townsend
CURATED WINE SELECTION, HOUSE CRAFTED COCKTAILS, GRAIN TO GLASS BEER
For perfectly balanced classics and seasonal flavors that awaken, enjoy the nightly offerings at the only restaurant in Townsend offering hand crafted cocktails at our full-service bar. Take in the cool mountain air with a nightcap on our patio, enjoy friends and conversation by the fire, or cozy up in the rustic ambiance of the Bistro. Open to the public Wednesday thru Sunday from 5 pm – 9 pm, Bar at the Bear is Townsend, TN’s highest form of creation in a glass.
The bar in our Appalachian Bistro is the perfect place to relax after a hard work day, during a weekend off, or any time in between. With an attention to detail that can only be achieved by bartenders that truly have a passion for their craft, our cocktails are sure to delight even the most discerning of bar guests. Whether you are looking for an ice cold craft beer or a custom cocktail, our bar has what you are looking for. Next time you are in Townsend, we hope that you come over to our bar so that you can relax and enjoy some down time.
Private Dining Parties
An Elevated Dining Experience
We are able to accommodate groups of any size, with intimate rooms or large dining halls available for your next event. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner with full bar service, are available in a private setting for private dining in Townsend just outside of Maryville and Knoxville. Please contact us to discuss your group’s specifications, and let us help make your vision for your upcoming corporate dinner, rehearsal dinner, reception, or holiday party a reality.
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A Gift From The Bistro
Get Your Caffeine Fix
The Dancing Bean is a full-service coffee house located in Townsend, TN. Serving up expertly crafted espresso beverages, and an array of breakfast and lunch items. Artisanal baked goods and in-house roasted beans are available for individual purchase or in bulk. In addition to coffee, we offer locally brewed kombucha, fruit smoothies, and craft beer.
“I can’t say enough about this resort! Not only are ALL the staff super friendly but the cabin we stayed in was spotless and smelled of fresh wood… I will be booking here again. With the friendly staff and so much to do in the area you can not miss this truly amazing experience. THANK YOU DANCING BEAR LODGE!!”
– Expedia Review
“Wow… what a gem, so out of character, finding this in the middle of the mountains. Beautiful venue and grounds. Excellent service and unquestionably unique cuisine.”
– Kevin via Facebook
“Just a short 2-hour drive from Chattanooga, this property has the rustic warmth of a simpler time AND all of the amenities of a modern getaway: sumptuous bedding, wood-burning fireplaces, comfortable lounging, porch swings and rocking chairs, hiking trails, the mercantile with mountain crafts, antique shops within minutes, and beauty all around!”
– TripAdvisor Review